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Hey guys. I just got my valve cover powder coated and I figured that since I have a 2000 GT-S I might as well swap the lift bolts at the same time. I just did the swap and well when i loosened the old ones they were semi hand tight. So when I install the new bolts the top one tightens hand tight without a problem but the bottom one keep on turning? I am afraid I stripped something. I tried to pull on the bolt to see if its tight and it doens't come out so I assume that its tight? Anyone run into this problem or can give me advice? I am afraid that something might go wrong when I go back to driving the car. My buddy says I'm in danger of throwing a rod? Any help would be most helpful. Thanks.
 

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sounds like you stripped it. you aren't in danger of throwing a rod, the bolt may however pop out under vibration and 70 psi of oil pressure. If the bolt pops out it may cause damage in the head or may cause a significant loss of oil pressure resulting in any number of problems including a spun connecting rod bearing.

If you want it fixed right you have to take the head off and get a heli-coil put in and make sure that all the shavings are removed from the head when they/you use the heli-coil tap. If you don't those shavings will be in your oil system and can cause major problems.

If you want to do a quick and dirty fix which may or may not work you could just remove the bolt and put a bunch of thread lock on the bolt and put it back and hope thats enough to hold it. I don't suggest this way, it's not the right way to do it and it may come out.
 

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Originally posted by WAR
sounds like you stripped it. you aren't in danger of throwing a rod, the bolt may however pop out under vibration and 70 psi of oil pressure. If the bolt pops out it may cause damage in the head or may cause a significant loss of oil pressure resulting in any number of problems including a spun connecting rod bearing.

If you want it fixed right you have to take the head off and get a heli-coil put in and make sure that all the shavings are removed from the head when they/you use the heli-coil tap. If you don't those shavings will be in your oil system and can cause major problems.

If you want to do a quick and dirty fix which may or may not work you could just remove the bolt and put a bunch of thread lock on the bolt and put it back and hope thats enough to hold it. I don't suggest this way, it's not the right way to do it and it may come out.
:werd: into doesnt take much pressure to get them tight.
 

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R0ME02984 said:
CRAP! What should I do?
Just leave it out and take it to a shop that can heli-coil it for you.
 

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Boosted2.0 said:
Just leave it out and take it to a shop that can heli-coil it for you.
I perfer using timecerts. Similar to a helicoil but a lot stronger....dont come out as easy.
 

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RedNOSceli said:
I perfer using timecerts. Similar to a helicoil but a lot stronger....dont come out as easy.
I agree totally, but less places are likely to have timecerts in stock for immediate use. Helicoils are very common.
 

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Thanks for all your help. How much am I looking at to get this fixed do you guys know? And whats the turn around time cause I got a show coming up really soon. Thanks again!
 

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I did the same thing--but to a lesser degree. I noticed on the way in that it was threading wrong (damn aluminum is so soft). So I pulled it out, cleaned up the shredded aluminum, grabbed some thread locker and put it in right. It actually hand-tightened, but it didn't go in very smooth. So the thread locker was there for insurance. Has worked fine for 6 months now.


Jon
 
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